Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and evidence of things not seen. It is by faith that we make huge gains in life, it is by faith that we move mountains. The message of faith has been preached all over the world, and I am certain everybody has experienced it to some degree. Christ said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Mathew 17:20, while speaking to His disciples after healing the epileptic son.
Faith without works is dead; I get baffled by us, Christians that, even with all the knowledge of how faith works, we do not engage into the work itself. Every day, God showers us with His mercies and abundance of grace, even when we most disobey Him. He gives us countless chances for us to do His work. He equips us with His word every day, encourages us, builds in us the boldness to go out there, and spread the good news. With all that he does for us, we are required to live up to our expectation, according to his plan. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them”. What are the good works then?
There has been a great misunderstanding of Christianity, that being a Christian means going to church on Sundays, or contributing to charity organizations. While we observe these practices, we go about our businesses, without regard to the will of God. However, the Biblical emphasis of Christianity is not about what we do, but what Christ did, and continues to do for us. We must understand that, the works He has prepared before- hand for us, refers to us. We are the work, we are the salt of the world, and we are the one’s through whom Christ accomplishes His Father’s will. On accomplishing our goals in life, we must not forget that these accomplishments are ours but His, and the glory goes to Him.
With the understanding of the works, there is a need to connect these works to faith. Christians face many obstacles today, in the form of persecutions, disasters both natural and man-made, tragedies such as loss of loved ones, economic hardship including loss of jobs, lack of enough funds, name it and you can relate to it. There is a lot of uncertainty revolving around the world today that Christians are not spared from the fear associated with it. When going through these hardships, there is a need to reconnect with our faith. These calls for us to tap into our inner strength, which is Jesus Christ, believe and move forward, rebuking the evil one and casting out the spirit of fear and intimidation. By tapping deep into our faith, God rewards us by His miraculous works, and opens doors of opportunities to tap into. It is impossible to please God without faith, Hebrews 11:6. Therefore courage and boldness is called for and most importantly, believe when times of difficulty arise. I say these out of the many experiences I have had in life. My wife and I were not spared by the economy; we lost our jobs, at a time when our little boy was just born. Obviously, as a father and a husband, I had no way of even knowing how I would provide for my family. I thought I lost it, but coz of my wife’s prayers, together with my prayers; we faced each day with increasing courage and hope, believing that God already knows about our situation and will come through for us. We tapped into our faith and put applications whenever we can, meanwhile, we continued with prayers, even for our friends in the same predicament, encouraging them and sharing God’s love, and promises. One of the most striking promise is in Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. For the promise to mature, we must have faith in Him. In addition, God wants us to pray continuously, without ceasing, and in all circumstances, for this is His will for us in Christ Jesus.
All of us are important and significant in God’s eyes; we are a masterpiece, being shaped every day, just as clay is shaped to perfection in a potter’s hand. We are the works, with the sprinkle of faith to perfect the works in us. Let us not be the clay that resists being shaped, let’s yield to His will, for He is the craftsman, and by His works in us, we become the vessels fully furnished and perfected, and graced with His honor.